Anyone who has ever tried to style a boudoir set, knows it can be a bit of a challenge. Often it is hard to blend all of the ideas floating around in your head into one cohesive style. Morgan Montgomery of Paisley & Jade, a Richmond, Virginia based company specailizing in vintage and ecelectic rentals, shared a few tips with us on how to style the perfect boudoir set.
Paisley & Jade has so many incredibly unique pieces (large and small)! When it comes to styling furniture for any type of photoshoot, Paisley & Jade knows their stuff! Hope these tips help you as you try to create your own dream set.
Maybe it’s a bedspread, or a particular color, or the perfect bloom, but it is always best to have a source of inspiration in mind - this way, as you style, you can always reference back to that - ensuring that you are creating a unified aesthetic!
A successful set up will add to your images, and the last thing you want is it to distract or detract from your subject. Keep this in mind when preparing the space - if it looks cluttered in real life, it will definitely look cluttered in photos. One of our favorite ways to ensure we haven’t overdone something is to step back once we’ve “finished” and then force ourselves to remove something. It’s amazing how often this results in a better overall look!
Having a beautiful set is a great backdrop for portraits, but if your subject is worried about damaging something or is physically uncomfortable, then you are doing a disservice to you both, and their unease will hamper your ability to get the best work from you both. Test out the set up yourself - is it easy to move around? Are there hard edges or delicate areas? If so, you may want to rework these things to get the best results!
It can be easy to convince yourself that you HAVE to use a certain something, especially when you may have sourced it specifically for a shoot. If you find yourself struggling as you are pulling the look together, don’t be afraid to pull the plug on something that you thought was a “must have” - you may find that losing that piece frees you up to be more creative with the other things you have!
Who says a bed has to have a bedspread on it? Why not a vintage tablecloth, a collection of lace fabric, or a comforter made of real flowers? Again, you don’t want to go so crazy that you are taking away from your subject, but having a different approach to a set may be what helps set your images apart.
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